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Heat warning continues, with 'monsoon preview' possible Weds

High temperatures forecast this week have officials warning of the possibility of dehydration and heat stroke. Temperatures on Wednesday could hit 108 degrees, with a "monsoon preview" of thunderstorms possibly building up east of Tucson.

An excessive heat warning will be in effect from 11 a.m. through 8 p.m. Wednesday, covering the Tucson and Phoenix metro areas, the Tohono O`Odham Nation, western Pima County and south central Pinal County, the National Weather Service said. Thermometers could hit 105-108 in areas affected by the warning.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected Wednesday afternoon and evening over the edge of the Tucson metro area and to the east, NWS said. The "brief monsoon preview" will include wind gusts of 45 mph — be careful in areas with blowing dust.

The warning was in effect Tuesday, when temperatures at Tucson International Airport hit 105 degrees, spiking to 110 degrees in other areas.

The hot weather is "definitely a little early, and (the) first real heat" of the year, officials said. Temperatures are running about 7-9 degrees warmer than average for early June.

Officials recommended that people limit outdoor chores and spend the afternoon and evening in air-conditioned buildings.

"Have extra water and stay well hydrated by drinking water before you’re thirsty," NWS official said.

They also reminded to never leave a pet, child, or anyone else in a parked car.

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Researchers at San Francisco State University conducted a study in 2003 that showed that the temperature inside a vehicle can rise to 114 degrees on a 95 degree day, and will rapidly rise to 140 in under an hour even with the windows open. 

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